Ok, I have a weird question, and it's a long one. I screwed up a lot years ago and now I want to straighten things out. I just don't know where to start. In 1995 and 96 I was a contractor and had an accountant do my taxes
and I received returns
. In 1997 I was off shore and didn't file in time and kept putting it off. In 1998 I had the same accountant file for 97 and 98 and I was supposed to get refunds. Instead I received a letter saying that I hadn't filed in 95 and 96 and so they had kept my refund to go towards those years. I knew this was a mistake because I had gotten refunds for those years. I called the number on the letter and was told they had 90 days to send me a letter explaining their actions. They took the entire 90 days, I didn't understand the letter but at the end it said I needed to go to tax court to dispute it by a date that had already passed by the time I got the letter. I sent everything to my accountant. He typed up a letter explaining the mistake they had made and told me to send it to the IRS
. My girlfriend at the time said she sent the letter, but never did. And like an idiot when I found out I kept putting it off thinking I was going to need a lawyer. The next thing I knew a year had gone by. I fully intended to take care of it and I didn't file that year because I knew they would just take my refund. This went on for several years, and in Feb of 2006 I ended up making the biggest mistake of my life and went to prison for it for 5 years. This has nothing to do with the taxes. I was released from prison in Feb of 2011. For the past 2 and a half years I have been trying to get my life back together, I have been working and paying taxes but again not filing
. So all of the years I wasn't in prison I did pay taxes, I just never filed. I have the letter from the IRS, the letter from my accountant and all of my W-2s
except one I think. Now I want to straighten all of this out so that I can go back to doing my taxes like a normal American, and I don't have much money. Things are getting slowly better since prison, but still slow. So what do I do?